The Dog Bowl (Feb. 5-6)

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All right. So the Daily Dog Bowl ain't so daily. In my defense, it was press day and, well, I was pressed for time. I'm sure this will happen again. I'm a slacker at heart.

ABC News reports that some residents of Folly Beach are reporting strange encounters with homeless people. No, not romantic liaisons behind the dumpster for a bottle of Mad Dog. Nope. Although there was at least one a scrub-a-dub-dub time encounter in the shower of an occupied house and, get this, a so-strange-it-must-be-true confrontation with a homeless vagrant who had set up camp on the top steps on another unoccupied unit. Scary.

Perhaps you didn't know this: Even if you get a flu vaccine, you still might get the flu. Live 5 drops the science.

How do you spot a gang member? Sheriff deputies in Georgetown are teaching teachers on how to spot this elusive species. WCBD-TV 2 reports.

Is drug testing state legislators a good idea? Sure, at the very least to make them suffer the indignity of being forced to piss in a cup while Nurse Ratchet watches. (Can we throw in a prostate exam in there too?) For Sen. Harvey Peeler it's a swell idea, according to the AP report. (Swell? Prostate? How did that happen?)

Look, we know why kids are so cute. No need to explain that. But, goshdarnit, why is it that some of them go all Lou Ferigno from time to time. The P&C has the answers in this hard-hitting investigative report — if by hard-hitting investigative report you mean a research paper that any downtown Chucktown 10th grader could have written after watching episodes of The Wire, listening to NWA, and, well, walking around the neighborhood. There's nothing to see here, folks. Move along. Move along. (Amazingly, a heated discussion about NASCAR jackets erupts on the message board for this story.)

Did you know that there may be a sex offender within ONE MILE of a bus stop? Yes, as close as a ONE MILE radius? Thanks, Live 5 for further encouraging parents to shackle their children inside to their home to their Wiis and DVD players out of fear that swarms of pedophiles are hiding behind every bush. (In unrelated news, did you know that there may be as many as three or four churches within ONE MILE of your house? Yes, as close as a ONE MILE radius? Actually, I just pulled that figure out of my ass, but you get my point, yeah.)

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